Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Where Did September Go? The Blessing of Rest.

I would be amiss if I didn't admit that looking over my September's Homeschool calendar didn't give me a major case of the queasies!

I had big, big plans and a pile of schooling to match it set for this month.

HOWEVER - God had other plans for us.

Our family had become accustomed to rising each day, giving glory to the Lord and then rushing head long into our to-do lists pausing only for meals and bedtime.

The beginning of this month was no different.

We did celebrate Labor Day with friends and took the next day off for my oldest's birthday.

And, that's when it happened....

C - R - A - S - H!!!!

Life (or what I thought was life) came to a screeching halt.  During a celebratory birthday brunch at a local restaurant, my husband succumbed to severe shoulder pains, dizziness, nausea....the classic symptoms of a heart attack.

As the ambulance was taking him to the hospital, I was comforted by the words of Jesus.  "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."  Matthew 11:28-30

At that point, all I could do was give Him my burden and rest in Him trusting that hubby would be alright.

At the hospital, hubby had also entered into the Lord's rest.  Too little time had been spent resting and now he was being forced to be still.

Hubby's spiritual life is vibrant and rich with fruit - but even God himself rested on the 7th day.

After spending two days in the hospital being poked and prodded, we were relieved to find out his heart is fine.  In fact, nothing wrong could be found.

We put aside our schedules, and for the remainder of the month, we relaxed, laughed, visited the mountains, celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary, hubby's birthday, enjoyed a visit from my family and the 1st birthday of our baby.

But most of all, we celebrated the rest that Jesus speaks of and the blessings it brings!!!!

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